A trip to a pagoda in Vietnam


A trip to a pagoda in Binh Duong, Vietnam

Oriental culture may seem to look alike. In one aspect, that can be the religion. This is right, because that if you come to India where Buddhism come from or in Thailand where the national religion is Buddhism or China or Korean, Japan…, there is always some temple, pagoda or joss house for the Buddhist. In Vietnam, almost all the people (82%)  here practice indigenous religions and they tend to worshiping local spirits, gods and mother goddesses as these religions have taught them to do. And they are often do some things a bit like a Buddhist would do.

Here is some photos that I took when visiting a temple in Binh Duong, Ho Chi Minh City. They called it: “Nhứt Nguyên Bửu Tự”

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“Nhứt Nguyên Bửu Tự” Pagoda, Bình Dương Province, Vietnam

They usually put a mother goddess’s statue in front of the tabernacle of the pagoda. They call her ” Đức Phật Quan Âm Bồ Tát”. She looks very gentle and tender like her character is meant to be.

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Bodhisattva Kuan Yin – “Quan Âm Bồ Tát” – Statue.

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She is praying to Bodhisattva Kuan Yin for the good things .

Of course when you come to a pagoda, you will worship and pray for luck and good things from the gods.

Inside the temple, people will worship for the supreme deity with fresh fruit, incense, candles and beautiful flowers, especially in light color such as: red, yellow, pink…. Excepting white color because according to Buddhists, it is used to represent bad things and they often use it in funerals.

People worship the Buddhist with fresh fruit, incense, candles and beautiful flowers...

People worship the Buddhist with fresh fruit, incense, candles and beautiful flowers…

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The Buddha statues or pictures that represent each Genie are put in different places depending on their positions in the fairyland.For example: the Buddha statue with a lot of arms is put at the highest place because he is the most powerful person in the fairyland.

People put the Buddha statues and pictures in different places

People put the Buddha statues and pictures in different places, 

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These are the statue that tribute to the bonze who founded the pagoda.

Here are three man called name “Phước – Lộc – Thọ”.  It mean they will bring to you all the lucky – Phước or the prosperity – Lộc and the healthy – Thọ. It was made from the jade.

    "Phước - Lộc - Thọ" Statue

“Phước – Lộc – Thọ” Statue

Besides, they can put picture of ancient cloisterer for expressing gratitude to their Buddha dedication.

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And you also see that they is a place for worshiping for the local martyrs. Here is Ben Cat District, Binh Duong Province.

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Especially, in this pagoda, they still put a place for worshiping Nguyễn Sinh Cung, the father of Vietnam great president, Hồ Chí Minh ( Nguyễn Sinh Sắc ).

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Finally, This is an old Buddhist, he has lived here for 30 years:

The old Buddhist with his religious name is "Thích Minh Châu"

The old Buddhist with his religious name is “Thích Minh Châu”

And my visit was ended by a lunch in the pagoda with a vegetarian meal. It was free and of course very delicious.

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